Noble Path

Private Investor -Student Lending Program

To maintain our institutional independence, we do not accept federal student aid.  Thus, we have developed a private investor- student lending program through gifts from generous donors that believe in the principals that define and exemplified the Industrial Arts Institute since its founding.

These supporters GIVE  because they believe in our vision to build a professional trades workforce utilizing a new education model standard that develops students with time honored training and connects talent with industry.

Students will need to fill out a form, but many families find that the Noble Path application and selection process is far simpler to fill out and less invasive than other Lending Applications or Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) documents.

Annual Percentage Rate
Loan Use
Tuition Only
Up Front Costs:
Down payment-$500.00
Term of Contract
Up to 60 months
First payment not due till 45 days after graduation
Must be at least 18 years of age
U.S. citizen or permanent resident
No open (pre-discharge) bankruptcy


Industrial Arts Institute FIRST Scholarship

(FIRST) For Inspiration & Recognition Of Science & Technology

Four $500.00 Scholarships are available to students who have participated in FIRST and who intend to pursue post-secondary training in the Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, Michigan.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Have participated on a FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) or a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Team during high school.
  • Have completed an on-line application to the Industrial Arts Institute- for a Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program. APPLY HERE!

Application Process

To apply for the Scholarship, complete and send the application package including:

  • A completed Scholarship Application
  • A letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST team or a letter of recommendation from a teacher/guidance counselor
  • High School transcripts AND a current Resume
  • An essay describing, why you would like to attend the Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program at the Industrial Arts Institute.
  • Verification of a completed on-line application to the Industrial Arts Institute- for a Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program. APPLY HERE!

Email Application and applicable documents to:

Industrial Arts Institute- Student Services Department

Mark Dombroski – Executive Director
(989) 733-4369 Ex. 203 –

Tammi Ward – Operations & Student Services Manager
(989) 733-4369 Ex. 202 –


Scholarship Application

IAI / North Central Partnership


IAI / North Central Associates of Welding Student Enrollment Steps:

  • Complete Application for BOTH the Industrial Arts Institute Basic Welding AND CIW100 courses online.
  • Apply to North Central Michigan College’s Associate of Welding program.
  • Complete your FAFSA using North Central’s Federal Code – 002299
  • Each Semester that you are enrolled at IAI:
    – You must contact Virginia Panoff at the North Central Financial Aid Office to update and sign the Student Contractual Agreement Authorization Form
    – North Central will calculate your financial aid for the semester based upon your concurrent enrollment at North Central and IAI
    – Financial Aid for students enrolled with IAI will be provided for the North Central Fall and Winter semesters only:
    Fall Semester Dates = September – December
    Winter Semester Dates = January – May
    – Students that are using their financial aide refund to pay their  balance at IAI will be responsible for paying IAI directly with these funds. North Central does not send any of your refund to IAI on your behalf.

IAI Contact Person:
Tammi Ward (989) 733-4369

North Central Michigan College Contact Person:
Virginia Panoff (231) 348-6698


Central Savings Bank

Student Loan

Central Savings Bank has been serving the Eastern Upper Peninsula since 1902. Although CSB branches are located in the UP, applicants can apply directly at the Industrial Arts Institute.


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Awakon Federal Credit Union

Consumer Loan - Education Expenses

Financing your education can be done locally through the Awakon Federal Credit Union. Applicants can apply using Awakon Federal Credit Unions on line application. Choose “Consumer Loan” for Loan Type and then click “Education Expenses” for purpose of loan. Students can also apply in person at any of Awakon’s locations in Onaway, Indian River, Wolverine and Gaylord.

For more information, visit

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant

Michigan Works!

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact your local MI Works! Office for information on how you can apply for a WIOA Grant today.

For more information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant, visit

The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset

The Baiardi Family Foundation

The Baiardi Family Foundation in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset is offering five $2,000 scholarships to eligible Emmet County Students for the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) in Onaway, MI. Among other features of this program, successful students will graduate as a certified welder.

For more information on The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset, visit

Apply Now using the application below.

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The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset

Frey Foundation

The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset in conjunction with the Frey Foundation is offering, four $1,000, one year vocational education scholarships, three of which are funded by the Frey Foundation and administered by Sunset Rotary. These scholarships are available to students in the Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Alanson areas.

For more information on The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset, visit

Apply Now using the application below.

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Inland Lakes Educational Foundation (ILEF)

Scholarship Program

The Inland Lakes Educational Foundation is organized to seek contributions and to provide a source of funding for educational programs, activities and events for the enrichment and benefit of the Inland Lakes School students. Scholarships for both vocational and academic studies are awarded to graduates of Inland Lakes Schools who are pursued career goals ranging from nursing to engineering to vocational careers.

For more information on The Inland Lakes Educational Foundation (ILEF), visit

To apply, contact Beth Fairbanks via email or phone:  231-238- 6868 ext. 145.

Northwest Michigan Industrial Association (NWMIA)

Academic Scholarship

An important role of NWMIA is educating our future workforce. Therefore, Membership dues fund scholarships that are awarded to students from our members’ employees and their families.

Applicants must be a current employee of a Northwest Michigan Industrial Association Member Company or a dependent of an employee. Applicant must be currently enrolled or accepted in an accredited college, university, or professional trade college program. Applicant can be a full or part-time student. Priority is given to manufacturing and industrial related course work.

The Northwest Michigan Industrial Association accepts applications annually from February 1 through April 15, with awards in May. Scholarship Recipients will be recognized on the evening of the annual May membership event. Scholarship recipients are eligible for a one-time award.

The Academic Scholarship Application (PDF) can be obtained through the following link.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Etienne via email at or call her at 231-838-2031.

Mailing Address:

Northwest Michigan Industrial Association P.O. Box 2452 Petoskey, Michigan 49770

Want to know more?

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments about financing your education and current scholarship opportunitites.